Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television
This is essential reading for anyone interested in directing or acting. Judith Weston's brilliance is to recognize that directors, actors, writers, and technicians are involved in a process that is at essence a collaboration. In order for them to have the best shot at creating something true and meaningful, they must share a language and a method of exchange that fosters creative cooperation. Weston rightly sees the director as the central figure in inspiring the energy of a production's harmony. She advises the prospective director on every aspect of a stage or film production, showing how the director can draw the best performances possible from actors. -- From Amazon.com.
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People are surely complex, but they are not actually able to do two things at once
. They may say one thing while doing another. Or they may rapidly alternate what
they are doing from one thing to another. But that's not the same thing as being ...
It turns out that obligation, the need to do things “right,” servicing the script is so
inappropriate to acting that it is better for an actor to place a full, relaxed
concentration on the “wrong” thing than a tense, strained concentration on the “
Directors (actors too), when asked what a character's objective might be, often
come up with all kinds of things the character doesn't want (e.g., "He doesn't want
to hurt her"). This is ... Human beings can't do more than one thing at one time.
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Anyone who is interested in working with actors should read this book; It's one of my the very best books I've read on the subject. Read full review